Former Nebraska Congressman Brad Ashford is planning to launch a write-in bid for the U.S. Senate. Ashford says he will move forward with the campaign if current Democratic Senate nominee Chris Janicek does not withdraw from the race. Janicek, who has faced sexual harassment allegations, takes on incumbent Republican Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse in the November general election. Sasse and Janicek will hold a debate Friday, September 4th at 7:00 p.m. The debate will be hosted by N-E-T Nebraska.
UPDATE, 8/28: Former U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford has announced he won’t run as a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate, just days after Nebraska Democrats endorsed him to try to thwart the candidacy of their scandal-plagued nominee. Ashford says he doesn’t have the time or resources to run a Senate campaign. Also he felt that running would be disrespectful to Alisha Shelton, of Omaha, who stepped up to run after the Nebraska Democratic Party disavowed its nominee, Chris Janicek. Shelton was defeated in the May primary, and Nebraska’s “sore loser” rule prevents her from running as a write-in candidate while Janicek remains on the ballot.